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Georgia offers to question Saakashvili via Skype

Georgian prosecutors offered Thursday to question ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili via Skype, insisting they had no plans to arrest him despite summoning him last week over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili, who is currently in Ukraine, had been ordered to appear before Georgian prosecutors Thursday to testify in some 10 criminal cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister Zurab Zhvania.

Georgia offers to question Saakashvili via Skype

Georgian prosecutors offered Thursday to question ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili via Skype, insisting they had no plans to arrest him despite summoning him last week over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili, who is currently in Ukraine, had been ordered to appear before Georgian prosecutors Thursday to testify in some 10 criminal cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister Zurab Zhvania.

Jimmy Carter sticks to 'snail mail' in missives to world leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying his emails are likely monitored by intelligence agencies, former President Jimmy Carter is using an old-fashioned method of communication with world leaders these days - the post office. "As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored," Carter told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview that aired on Sunday. "And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office, and mail it," he added.

US concerned over Georgia ex-leader's summons for questioning

The United States on Sunday expressed concerns over Georgia's call for ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to be questioned in a raft of criminal cases, suggesting the move smacked of political revenge. "No one is above the law, but launching multiple simultaneous investigations involving a former president raises legitimate concerns about political retribution, particularly when legal and judicial institutions are still fragile," US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday said they have summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili has been told to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister and his close ally Zurab Zhvania, a statement from the prosecutor's office said. Some of the other cases relate to a police raid on an independent broadcaster, the alleged misappropriation of funds by the state security service and the illegal seizure of assets.

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday said they have summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases. Saakashvili has been told to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases, including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister and his close ally Zurab Zhvania, a statement from the prosecutor's office said. Some of the other cases relate to a police raid on an independent broadcaster, the alleged misappropriation of funds by the state security service and the illegal seizure of assets.

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - The Georgian prosecutor's office has summoned former president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning about the poisoning death of a former prime minister and other cases amid a wave of charges and verdicts against former officials. He will also be questioned on alleged government misspending, a raid on a Tbilisi television station and a presidential pardon for four murder convicts during his two terms in office from 2004 to 2013, prosecutor Koka Katsitadze told a news conference on Saturday

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili for questioning

Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases. "The former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has been called in for questioning as a witness in criminal investigations," a statement from the prosecutor's office said. The statement said Saakashvili has been summoned to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases including a possible probe into the 2005 death of former prime minister and his close ally Zurab Zhvania.

Jailed Georgia ex-PM gets additional sentence

A Georgian court on Thursday sentenced imprisoned ex-prime minister Vano Merabishvili to four and a half years in jail for abuse of power in a verdict his lawyer said was politically motivated. The Tbilisi court found Merabishvili guilty of "abuse of office with the use of violence" during a May 2009 crackdown by riot police on anti-government protesters who attempted to disrupt an Independence Day military parade. "The verdict has come as part of the government's crackdown on the opposition," Merabishvili's lawyer, Otar Kakhidze, told AFP.

France rejects Georgian ex-minister's extradition

A French court on Thursday rejected a Georgian demand to extradite its former defence minister Davit Kezerashvili for alleged corruption, judging the demand to be possibly politically motivated. The ruling comes just ahead of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's trip to Georgia next week along with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The appeals court in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence also lifted an order forcing the 35-year-old politician to remain under house arrest and wear an electronic bracelet.
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